Happiness is a Warm Puppy
Puppies! Who doesn’t like puppies? In fact, they’re actually good for our health. Studies have shown that puppies are good for reducing stress and lowering blood pressure in their human companions. And not just puppies, adult dogs, too. Dalhousie University in Canada has started their own stress-reduction program by offering a puppy room to students to help them de-stress from exams and other pressures.
Nursing homes and hospitals have also been using specially trained therapy dogs, with great results. In the Dalhousie experiment, all the dogs were recruited from homes. The dogs loved the attention from the students and the students loved the attention and affection from the dogs and reported lower stress levels and increased test scores. They even have their own Facebook page.
If you want to get in on some stress-relieving puppy action, visit your local shelter or Humane Society. Even if you’re not ready or able to adopt a dog, you can volunteer to walk and play with the dogs who are waiting for their forever home. It’s good for them and it’s good for you. And that’s a win-win in anyone’s book.